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Free concerts Thursdays in April and May 2
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Tunes & Blooms

See a collection of  Cincinnati’s finest and most respected music veterans playing together in the Zoo’s beautiful gardens, for FREE! Why tip-toe through the tulips when you can rock the garden?

On Thursdays during Tunes & Blooms, admission is free after 5pm. Parking is $10.  Music starts at 6pm.

As a reminder, NO outside alcohol is permitted to be brought inside the Zoo.  Beer will be available for purchase.  Bags will be inspected at the turnstiles before entering the Zoo. Guests can bring in their own chairs or blankets, but no umbrellas. LaRosa’s truck will be available for pizza!

Enjoy the Zoo Blooms while you’re here!

April 11 -Canceled April 18April 25May 2

Vine Street Village

My Brother’s Keeper

“My Brother’s Keeper is a progressive bluegrass band from Cincinnati OH that draws inspiration from rock, gospel, bluegrass and everything in between. My Brother’s Keeper consists of brothers Benjamin, Titus, and Joshua Luckhaupt on guitar, mandolin, and fiddle respectively. Wyatt “Sawmill” Murray completes this ensemble on the upright bass. MBK features four-part family harmonies, soulful lead vocals, thoughtful original music, and an energetic live show that appeals to fans of any genre. Unique and exciting, My Brother’s Keeper has brought their fresh blend of original acoustic music to fans all over the United States. 2023 Josie Award Winner – Bluegrass Band of the Year.”

The Grove


“Hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, Elementree’s sounds can only be described as a mixture of feel-good Pop as well as authentic Jamaican and US Reggae. As a songwriter, vocalist, guitar player and front man he writes and sings all original music for his new solo project as well as Cincinnati Entertainment Award winning Rock/Reggae band Elementree Livity Project.”

Vine Street Village

Highly Likely

“Highly Likely is original music and singable songs with a message. The eclectic five-piece band brings psychedelic folk & jamgrass flavors with an emphasis on original music, vocal harmonies, and spacey solos. Weaving together sounds of the past and future to create something new and special, with a mission to inspire goodness, Highly Likely wants to show you a good time! Join them on an electrified journey of sound, soul, and song to create something electric and eclectic. Original, creative, and highly likely to get your feet stomping and your heart singing!”

The Grove

Nicole Polara

Nicole Polara is a singer/songwriter originally from Long Island, New York. She has lived in Cincinnati the last 5 years and has enjoyed playing live music around the area. Nicole shares her original tunes, as well as classic covers.

Vine Street Village

Moonshine Drive

“Moonshine Drive is a high-energy bluegrass band hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio. The band was formed in 2007 by Louis Mazzocca and brothers Greg and Marc Mecoli and quickly established themselves as a local favorite. Moonshine Drive’s music is rooted in traditional bluegrass, with elements of country, folk, and classic rock mixed in for a unique and captivating sound. The band’s high-energy live performances and strong musicianship have earned them a loyal following and a reputation as one of the top bluegrass acts in the Tri-State area.”

The Grove

Cecil Jackson & Dry Ridge

Cecil Jackson & Dry Ridge is a lively bluegrass group known for their spirited performances. Whether at festivals or local venues, their infectious rhythm and soulful harmonies make them standout in the world of bluegrass music!

Vine Street Village

The Tillers

“The Tillers are Mike Oberst, Sean Geil, Aaron Geil, and Joe Macheret. The Short Story… The Tillers have been thumping their own distinctive sound of string band style folk music for a decade, riding it all over the country and across the sea. Four studio albums and one live record have won them praise as modern folk storytellers of the national soundscape.”

The Grove


Rucca band“A singing and songwriting female duo from the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area. With a wide range of influences from indie, folk, country and rock, it can be hard to pinpoint Rucca’s exact genre – and that’s okay. Ashley and Lauren are two girls with two guitars that make Rucca best known for their memorable harmonies and a musical chemistry they’ve formed over the past ten or more years.”

Tunes & Blooms Playlist

Cincinnati Zoo Tales Podcast

Listen to Steve Foltz, our Horticulture Curator, on the Cincinnati Zoo Tales podcast!

This is a Zero Waste Event